Alternative metrics provide an alternative for measuring impact at the article level. Looking at alternative metrics (altmetrics) shows you a quicker image of the conversations taking place around your research. It also provides a broader view of the impact your research is making, as altmetrics data can help you understand how your research is being interacted with by the public, government, policymakers, and other researchers. Alternative metrics include social media shares, blog posts, and numbers of downloads and views.
Not all articles will have alternative metrics, but if your article does, you will see something similar to the image below. Depending on the database and what almetrics they use, this will vary. No matter the altmetrics, you will see the impact of your research faster than traditional metrics like impact factors.
Learn more about altmetrics and how to track your altmetrics in our library guide.
A great way to increase the readership of your research is to ensure it is easily accessible and affordable. You can publish research open access or if you’ve retained your rights, you can deposit your work into MOspace. MOspace is Mizzou’s institutional repository, depositing work into MOspace gives you a permanent record of your work and is free to access. Learn more about MOspace.
Ensuring that your work is easily accessible allows more people to access, read, and discuss your work.
How To Make Your Work Open:
Retain Your Rights: No matter where you publish, the single most important thing you can do to remain in control of your impact is Retain Your Rights. It’s your copyright – don’t just sign it away! Contracts are often negotiable. And read those agreements: you may have more rights to share your research than you realize.
Know Your Options: Choose the right venue for your research and know your open access options.
Share Your Work: Deposit your research in MOspace, MU’s Digital Institutional Repository. Submitting your work to MOspace is easy. Just log in with your SSO and complete the Creative Commons license.
Are you curious about open access and repositories? Contact us!
As a researcher, there’s a lot of work you do that doesn’t get the traditional treatment aka doesn’t get published. This doesn’t mean that this knowledge isn’t less valuable, it means it hasn’t been through the peer review process. Traditional publishing is standard, but it does take time to get your work published and for someone else to cite your research and get published themselves. Citations can help you measure your research impact, but they aren’t the only way. With the creation of online repositories, you have tools available to place your research online outside of the traditional publishing realm.
When you submit your preprints, postprints, conference poster, etc., you make your research more discoverable, therefore increasing the chances that others view your work. According to impactstory.org, scientists report getting citations for preprints in articles that are published before their articles are, and citing others ahead of their article’s formal publication. This also helps accelerate science and discovery allowing others to build upon your work more quickly.
At Mizzou Libraries, you have access to MOSpace which is a freely available online repository for scholarship and other works by University of Missouri faculty, students, and staff. You retain your copyright, and we provide access. Once items are submitted, the platform can provide statistics like number of downloads and which countries those downloads come from. Materials freely available on the web often reach a wider audience than those available in high-cost journals.
For example, a postprint of the following article was added to MOspace in 2018.
Since the post print was added, the article has 3,441 downloads from all over the world, which is up from 2,611 in October 2021.
Interested in seeing the worldwide impact of your research? Submit your your work using our online form today.
LinkedIn is a great free tool, that you might already use. Since LinkedIn targets professionals, it is an ideal tool to interact with fellow researchers.
Step 1: Create your profile
Write a strong headline that showcases your expert areas.
Add a picture.
Write a compelling summary of the work you’ve done, and why it matters. Here is an example from Monica F. Cox.
Finally, make yourself more “googleable” by ensuring your profile is public.
Step 2: Connect with other academics
Add your email address and LinkedIn will suggest connections based on people you already know.
You can message and communicate with connections to build meaningful relationships.
Step 3: Highlight your work
Add work that you’re particularly proud of to LinkedIn (Profile > Add Profile Section > Accomplishments).
Share new funding, publications, or thoughts on new research.
Likely, the research audience you want to target already utilizes LinkedIn. So using LinkedIn to increase the impact and visibility of your research is quick and effective.
Need help setting one up? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Video abstracts are a great way to increase your research impact. A video abstract allows you to explain research in your own words, encourage people to engage in your research, and increase your research visibility. Finally, video abstracts allow you to reach a wider demographic – allowing you to reach your community in a wider scale.
Tips for creating a video abstract:
- Keep it short, ideally 2-3 minutes.
- Clearly define the problem, your research, and the broader impact.
- Be accessible – use clear language and be succinct. Video abstracts are a great way to engage a larger audience.
- Include images – pictures, graphs, charts or tables.
- End with a call to action – encourage people to read your article!
Below are a few examples of video abstracts that successfully tell a story.
You can checkout video, audio and computer equipment from the libraries. Post your video on YouTube or Vimeo and share it on MOspace.
Defining and managing your online professional identity is often as important as defining and managing your in-person professional identity. One of the ways you can help define and manage your online professional identity is keeping track of your author profiles.
Scopus Author Profiles are a good place to start. Scopus automatically creates a profile for you, based on their database algorithms, and curates a list of your publications, complete with citations and h-index.
Even though the profiles are already created, you should double check your profile every so often to make sure the information (name, affiliation, and publications) is up to date.
Below is what you will see in your Scopus Author Profile.
You can go one step further and link your Scopus Author Profile with your ORCID.
You can search for your Scopus Author Profile here. If you need help with your Scopus author profile, whether that’s updating your profile, linking your ORCID, or providing a citation report, you can email the Health Sciences Library for assistance.
One way to improve your research impact is to utilize free social media tools like Twitter, a microblogging service that makes it easy to engage with researchers and funders alike. It helps raise your professional profile and can help increase your Almetrics score.
Why should you utilize Twitter?
- You can quickly follow emerging news and trends in your field
- Connect and converse with people, inside and outside of your field, regarding your research
- Increase your research visibility
- Find out about conferences, calls for abstracts, and funding opportunities
How to make Twitter work for you?
- Add a short bio and #hashtag your research keywords.
- Follow people, journals, and funders in your field – you can search for them by entering terms in the search box. Twitter will curate a specific feed on your homepage of relevant information, called “tweets”.
- Share! Make tweets about recent articles in your field – written by you or others. Your opinion on developments in your field or on others’ research or news and blog posts relevant to your research. Here are some tips to make your tweets gain traction:
- Use #hashtags to ensure you’re reaching the right community and @tag anyone relevant to the tweet.
- Pictures and infographics are engaging and increase the likelihood of engagement.
- Encourage discussion by asking thoughtful questions or thought-provoking commentary.
- Remember to be professional.
Sign up for Twitter here and remember to follow @MizzouLibraries
The research landscape is hugely competitive and as a researcher it may seem difficult to break through. You’re in luck. There are several ways to take your impact in your own hands. You can start with the 30 Day Impact Challenge created by Impactstory.
Drawing on years of experience measuring and studying research impact, they’ve created a list of the top 30 can’t-miss, proven effective steps for you to make sure your hard work gets out there, gets attention, and makes a difference—both in your field and with the public.
Daily activities range from creating author profiles, establishing a blog,, signing up for social media accounts in a professional capacity, tracking your publication metrics, etc. You can choose to do all 30 days or only a few. It’s up to you.
Begin the 30 Day Impact Challenge here.
If you have questions or need assistance with any of the challenges, contact the Health Sciences Library.
Your research is important and we want to help you ensure it is making an impact. ORCiD is a great way to start increasing your research impact with minimal effort.
What is ORCiD?
An ORCiD ID is a permanent unique identifier for researchers. Using your ORCID iD is more accurate and secure than a name: many people can have the same name but each ORCID iD is unique. They protect your unique scholarly identity and help you keep your publication record up-to-date with very little effort.
Why should you get an ORCiD ID?
ORCiD ID’s are permanent and will follow you throughout your entire career.
ORCiD is increasingly used by individuals (e.g. as a signature in emails) and systems (e.g. in Scopus, PubMed), enabling recognition and discoverability.
ORCiD automatically updates your profile from other systems – saving you time.
ORCiD is unique to you.
How to get an ORCID ID?
Here is a detailed explanation of how to get your ORCID started. Reach out to the library for help!